Wild mammals make up 4% of the biomass of global mammal populations, while humans make up 36% and farmed mammals make up 60%. Similarly, farmed chickens make up 70% of the biomass of global bird populations. To sustain these huge farmed animal populations we use vasts amounts of land, resources and produce significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. Our use of non-human animals is significantly impacting the global environment and is a leading cause of environmental destruction. By ending our oppression of farmed animals we can reclaim land for rewilding and significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To achieve environmental liberation we must understand the link between animal oppression and environmental destruction. Ignoring the oppression of animals comes at the expense of the environment.
This workshop will describe the link between animal and environmental oppression. Participants will discuss why animal oppression is often ignored in the environmental movement and identify ways forward.
Recorded at the Students of Sustainability 2018 conference: http://www.studentsofsustainability.org/
Plugs for Nick and Adam:
Both Nick and Adam are hosts of the animal advocacy radio show Freedom of Species on 3CR855AM Community Radio.
Adam runs the VeganSci website and podcast, looking at scientific literature that is relevant to veganism and animal liberation.
Nick co-hosts the social justice podcast Progressive Podcast Australia.
Also check out the upcoming discussion forum in Melbourne 'Community as Activism: Building Community within the Animal Liberation Movement and Beyond' by the Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) that was mentioned at the end of the talk! All information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/163203474552122/
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